State minister for Investment and Privatisation Evelyn Anite on Monday failed to appear before the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) headquarters in Kampala to record a statement on allegations of defying COVID-19 guidelines.
CID spokesperson Charles Twine said Anite had been summoned to appear at CID headquarters to explain why she allegedly held a rally in Koboko Municipality, in disregard of COVID-19 guidelines which put a halt on public gatherings. However, she never showed up.
“We summoned her but she is yet to come. If she doesn’t come, we shall summon her again or where necessary, we shall use other means,” Twine said.
Our efforts to speak to Anite on why she had snubbed CID summons were futile.
But during her nomination for the Koboko Municipality parliamentary seat by the NRM Electoral Commission last Wednesday, the minister admitted that the Koboko incident was unfortunate.
“I apologize on behalf of my people that they broke Covid-19 rules and I apologize to our president and to all the citizens. This was very unfortunate,”Anite said.
She said the people held a procession because they were excited after she donated ambulances to them. Nevertheless, the minister said when she anticipated the excitement, she decided not to attend.
“When people don’t have and get such news, they get excited. Personally I followed what my president said,that when you face such a magnitude of people run away. I exactly did that. I ran away from them,” she explained.
Anite’s rival, Dr Charles Ayume recently reported at CID over the same matter.
The Health Ministry this Tuesday attributed the spike in COVID-19 cases to laxity and flouting of health guidelines.
“This is because the community is not following the standard operating procedures that include; hand washing, proper use of face masks and social distancing whenever in public places like workplaces, arcades and public transport,” said the Ministry.
At least 15 people have died of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic in Uganda earlier in March.